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Summer food safety tips: how to avoid food poisoning

Family, food and fun are all ingredients for the ideal summer. Amidst all the fun, it is important to be mindful of dangers such as; food poisoning which can occur when food is improperly prepared. A great defense from illness is thorough hand-washing. The symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the following four simple steps to ensure food safety:

1. Clean – Wash your hands and any food preparation surfaces often with warm, soapy water, particularly after handling raw food and going to the restroom.

2. Separate – Pack raw food in a separate cooler from any ready-to-eat food items. Always rewash plates, cutting boards, and utensils that have touched raw food before using them again for cooked food.

3. Cook – Cook food at temperatures high enough to kill harmful bacteria. Poultry should be cooked until an internal temperature of at least 165ºF is reached. Ground beef hamburgers should be cooked until an internal temperature of at least 160ºF is reached.

4. Chill – Keep perishable items at below 40ºF by using ice cubes and ice packs. Leftovers should be put in a cooler as quickly as possible. Foods that should be kept cold are considered unsafe when left at 90ºF for more than one hour.

On the Net:
http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Barbecue_Food_Safety/

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